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The final Friday home game each year is dedicated to one of the Giants greats – Willie McCovey. Since 1980, the award is awarded to the Giants player who exemplifies the spirit and leadership shown by Willie throughout his career. This years award will be presented during a pre-game ceremony on Friday, September 21.
In 2008, to celebrate our 50th anniversary in San Francisco we installed a timeline on the View Level at the ballpark which highlighted some of our great players and amazing moments. We know that all of our fans are not able to come to a game at the park, or those who do may not be old enough to remember some of our alumni. For this road trip we decided to showcase the timeline and give everyone a bit more information about the moments. The 1997 team, the final game at Candlestick and the first few years at PacBell/AT&T Park are all represented in these two panels.
In 2008, to celebrate our 50th anniversary in San Francisco we installed a timeline on the View Level at the ballpark which highlighted some of our great players and amazing moments. We know that all of our fans are not able to come to a game at the park, or those who do may not be old enough to remember some of our alumni. For this road trip we decided to showcase the timeline and give everyone a bit more information about the moments. Everything from 1987 to 1999 is on the banners for today.
It’s been a great Sunday! Members of the 2002 team turned out to be honored during a pre-game ceremony.
A San Franciscan, a Seal, a Giant, a bridge, a gate, baseball’s goodwill ambassador to Japan and an Irishman – who else could we celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day except Lefty O’Doul?
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World
We recently received an email from Steven Jackman, and well, maybe he should tell the story:
“My father wrote a poem in 1951 about Bobby Thomson’s home run. It’s a take-off on Casey at the Bat. He was 20 at the time, and is now 81. He says he sent a copy to the Giants shortly after he wrote it. I would have thought the Giants would have recognized it as a potential instant Giants classic, but somehow it must have slipped through the cracks, and he never heard back. He gave me his copy many years ago, and I recently came upon it in my files. Then I read the news about Don Mueller’s passing, and it occurred to me that I should try sending it to the Giants again while there are still people around who would fully appreciate it.”
We couldn’t agree more and hope everyone likes it as much as we do.
Click to view Norman Jackman’s copy of his poem: Bobby Thomson at the Bat
BOBBY THOMSON AT THE BAT
It looked extremely rocky for the Giant nine that day
The score stood one to four with but an inning left to play
A straggling few got up to go leaving there the rest
With that hope which springs eternal within the human breast
Then Dark let drive a single and Mueller did the same
Prayers were uttered by the faithful at the game
For up stepped Monte Irvin, the hero of them all
He stood at the plate and took a mighty swing at the ball
Yet the best he could do was a weak pop to Hodges
And it looked like the pennant would be won by the Dodgers
But the much beloved Lockman had other things in mind
He swung with all his power to bring the Giants from behind
And when the dust had risen and they saw what had occurred
There was Lockman safe at second and Mueller hugging third
Then from the frenzied multitude there came a joyous yell
It bounded on the rooftops and rattled in the dell
It struck upon the hillside and rebounded on the flat
While the mighty Bobby Thomson was advancing to the bat
Ralph Branca warmed up then tugged his belt around
And began the long trip from the bullpen to the mound
Now Branca holds the ball and now he lets it go
And now the air is shattered by the force of Thomson’s blow
Oh somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright
Bands are playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light
Somewhere people are laughing and somewhere children are having fun
But there is no joy in Brooklyn, Bobby Thomson hit a HOME RUN!
©1951 Norman H. Jackman